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LittLe Tackers

BLAIRGOWRIE YACHT SQUADRON

The skills to last a lifetime.

Little Tackers is a fun, safe and exciting way to get into sailing. It introduces 4 – 6 year-olds to the basics of sailing, boats and the beach through lots of games on and off the water. 

Cost $60

inc GST + $17.50 Australian Sailing registration fee

Course Overview

Fun and games at a Tackers Centre for 4 - 6 year-olds. Little Tackers is run in small groups of no more than 8 participants with close supervision from qualified Tackers Instructors. 

Course Prerequisites

  • 4-6 years of age

Who should do this course?

This course is designed for children aged 4 - 6 wanting to have fun at a Sailing Club and learn basic movement skills learned through play.

Course Outcome

You will gain your Little Tackers completion certificate. 

Tackers Sailing Pathway

The Tackers Sailing Pathway is a fun introductory, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7-12 years. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience or club membership to participate.

 

All equipment, including the boats and lifejackets, are provided. The Tackers Sailing Pathway program has 3 levels, each level involves 15-20 hours of participation over 3 onto 5 days.

 

Tackers 1 is all about having fun! It’s a great way to introduce kids to sailing and the feeling of being on the water in a boat. Tackers is the perfect opportunity to meet new friends as kids sail in pairs in the boats, and also have the chance to sail with others in their group.

 

Every Tackers registration receives a ‘Tackers Showbag’ full of goodies! 

 

Parents also get to join in the fun with a ‘Parents Coffee & Club Tour’ on every Monday of the Tackers Course, and a free sailing experience on every Thursday of the Tackers Course. 

 

Parents can register for the Free Sailing Experience here!

 

Tackers 2 and 3 are next in the Tackers Sailing Pathway.

 

Cost

$350 inc GST + $17.50 Australian Sailing registration fee

 

COVID Safe Plans

https://www.bys.asn.au/covid-19/

Tackers 2

Tackers Sailing Pathway

Tackers 2 is about learning tricks and techniques to help them to sail the boat, and if kids are feeling confident, they can sail a boat on their own, with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from our Australian Sailing qualified Instructors and Assistant Instructors.

Tackers Sailing Pathway program has 3 levels, each level involves 15-20 hours of participation over 4 or 5 days.

Once Tackers 2 has been completed, Tackers 3 is next up!

Cost

$350 inc GST + $17.50 Australian Sailing registration fee

COVID Safe Plans

https://www.bys.asn.au/covid-19/

Head to our website for the most up to date information on how we are operating, and what we need from you to help us operate safely. Our COVID Safe plans will be updated in line with any changes to government restrictions so check back regularly. 

Course Overview

This course aims to build on the fun participants had in Tackers 1, to progress their sailing skills.

Course Prerequisites

  • Water confident
  • 7-12 years-old
  • Skills, knowledge and experience gained in Tackers 1.

Who should do this course?

This course is designed for participants who have completed Tackers 1.

Course Outcome

By the end of the Tackers 2 course, the participants will be able to:

  • Get out of irons on their own
  • Safely gybe the boat
  • Correctly use the tiller extension
  • Sailing around a triangle course, including:
    • Upwind – on a close-hauled course tacking through the ‘no go zone’
    • Downwind – with centreboard up
    • Reaching – correct sail position
  • Demonstrate a 360 and 720-degree turn

You will gain your Tackers 2 completion certificate.

 

Tackers 3 is about sailing fast! This is a chance for the kids to sail a boat on their own, learning how to make the boat go faster and playing more games, all whilst under the guidance and supervision of our Australian Sailing qualified Instructor and Assistant Instructor.

 

The Tackers Sailing Pathway Program has 3 levels, each level involves 15-20 hours of participation over 4 or 5 days.

 

After completion of the Tackers Sailing Program is the Junior Sail Training Program, check out the link for the next Junior Sail Training Program!

 

Cost

$350 inc GST + $17.50 Australian Sailing registration fee

 

COVID Safe Plans

 

https://www.bys.asn.au/covid-19/

 

Head to our website for the most up to date information on how we are operating, and what we need from you to help us operate safely. Our COVID Safe plans will be updated in line with any changes to government restrictions so check back regularly. 

 

This course aims to build on skills learned in Tackers 2 and focuses on advanced sailing skills through games and adventures on the water. 

 

Course Prerequisites

 

  • Water confident

 

  • 7-12 years-old

 

  • Skills, knowledge and experience gained in Tackers 2

 

Who should do this course?

 

This course is designed for participants who have completed Tackers 2.

 

Course Outcome

 

By the end of the Tackers 3 course, the participants will be able to:

 

  • Demonstrate the correct method and understand the theory of roll tacking and gybing

 

  • Stopping the boat in a confined area for a period of time

 

  • Sail backwards

 

  • Understand the theory behind gybing and can demonstrate the action downwind

 

  • Show a sound knowledge of the five essentials:-
    • Centreboard position
    • Boat trim
    • Boat balance
    • Course made good
    • Sail trim
  •  
  • Start and finish races on a triangle and trapezoid course

 

  • Always use tactical mark roundings in races

 

You will gain your Tackers 3 completion certificate.

 

 

Parent’s sailing experience

Don't let the kids have all the fun!

While the kids are out on their Tackers Program, experience sailing for yourself on our Tackers Parents Free Sailing Experience aboard our club boats with one of our qualified instructors.

During the sail, our instructor will explain to you the basics of sailing and fill you in on all of our upcoming learn to sail courses for adults.

Please wear clothing you are happy to get wet, enclosed shoes and sun protection and bring along a drink bottle.

if you have any questions, please contact 03 5925 9620 1 or sailing@bys.asn.au

Cost Free!

Important - Please bring proof of having received both doses of the COVID-19 Vaccination proof can be obtained by following: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/how-get-proof

Note: This is not an Australian Sailing accredited course and instead is conducted by the school/club/organisation, outside of the Australian Sailing framework.

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